Destinations for Kids with Special Needs, East Coast EditionJesemine Jones and Ida Keiper
Starbrite Traveler: Destinations for Kids with Special Needs, East Coast Edition is an invaluable resource to help parents and caregivers of children with special needs choose destinations and attractions along the East Coast of the United States that are special needs friendly. To enhance academic, social, and life skills, fun activities and travel games are included to do with your child before vacation, on vacation, and after vacation.
• Special needs friendly destinations for the entire family, including zoos, museums, aquariums, discovery/science centers, beaches, planetariums, amusement/theme parks, and state and national parks
• Accessible accommodations, programs, and supports provided for children with developmental disorders, autism, physical disabilities, visual impairments and/or who are deaf or hard of hearing
• Adaptive ski programs for children with special needs
• Interactive activities to enhance learning
• Ocean safety
Ida Keiper and Jesemine Jones are co-founders of the Starbrite Kids Program and Starry Night Travel, LLC, a travel agency that specializes in planning travel for families with a child with special needs. They have 50 years of combined experience educating children with a broad spectrum of disabilities. Their dream of helping children with special needs began when they were in college studying to become special education teachers. Together, they have hosted workshops and participated in special needs conferences, published articles in magazines, as well as a series of articles online for Kidsville News! Their close friendship has continued over the last 30 years.
Ms. Keiper is dually certified as Teacher of the Handicapped and Elementary School Education. She earned a B.A. from Georgian Court University. Ms. Keiper, a highly qualified teacher educated children with disabilities for thirty years, wrote district curriculum for special education, coordinator of special education department in New Jersey public schools. Her compassion and professionalism earned her "Teacher of the Year." Over the years Ms. Keiper has fostered close relationships with her students and parents. Ms. Keiper lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.
Ms. Jones earned a Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University as well as a B.A. in Special Education from Georgian Court University. She is currently a social worker in the New Jersey public school system. A former special education teacher, mental health therapist, lead counselor of a therapeutic foster care program, and team leader for an alternative high school for classified students, Ms. Jones has extensive experience working with children with special needs as well as their families. Ms. Jones lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughters.
Bree Rubin earned her MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design. She is an artist, illustrator, and designer living and working in New York City.
Chris Church, graduate of the University of Delaware with a BFA in visual communications is currently working in New York City.